The day after I posted the post about TJ (below), my friend Matt wrote me and told me the quote was great, but Mr. Jefferson never said it. He sent me this link to prove it.
Snopes.com says the quote was fabricated to give historic credence to our current economic crisis—a We should have known! type thing. If it was made up—and it may very well have been—I don’t think it was recently. I remember coming across this quote in college. It was attributed to Jefferson then, too. Perhaps it was created for the benefit of an earlier economic downturn. In any case, this great gadget we call the Internet can be a big bad game of whisper down the lane. How can we know what is and isn’t true? Can I believe Snopes any more than the Web sites that verified the quote for me in the first place? Admittedly, I’m as guilty as the next guy. My New Year’s resolution is not to post any more quotes unless they come from a book. That doesn’t mean the words can’t be false, but it does mean there is officially someone to blame.